Ulrich Schiefelbein

National Police Administration Advisory Team Leader
United Nations Mission in Liberia
Focus Area(s): 
Accountable Policing
Critical Tasks: 
Community policing
Training
Interviewers: 
Arthur Boutellis
Country of Reform: 
Liberia
Town/City: 
Monrovia
Place (Building/Street): 
Pan African Plaza
Country: 
Liberia
Date of Interview: 
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Abstract 
Ulrich Schiefelbein, the Liberian national police administration advisory team leader, talks about the objective of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, which was mainly to keep peace and to reconstruct the national police force. He identifies the challenges the Liberian police faced, including lack of proper documentation, logistical problems, limited infrastructure, lack of policing skills, financial difficulties that hindered the proper payment of the officers, corruption due to inadequate supervision and lack of public confidence in the local police. Schiefelbein explains how the U.N. police began to train the Liberian police, conduct a police census while working with the local officers, install a personnel data filing system to help curb payroll problems and create shared computer resources to ensure continuity of work between officers working different shifts. He also recommends community policing and setting a priority in the installation of communication channels as part of the process of professionalizing the Liberian police force.
 
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Ulrich Schiefelbein Interview
Profile: 
At the time of this interview, Ulrich Schiefelbein was working with the United Nations Police in the mission in Liberia as the national police administration advisory team leader. He began his police career in Germany. He served as a patrol officer, deputy chief of the Drug Investigation Unit and as the chief of the Administration Unit. In 1997 and 1998, Schiefelbein participated in two U.N. missions in Bosnia. 
Language: 
English
Nationality of Interviewee: 
German
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Keywords 
information sources
community policing
corruption
vetting
promotion systems
internal management
integration and amalgamation
recruitment
training curriculum
pre-deployment training
local police training